How to Remove Unwanted Wax
(and a good way to use your credit cards)
Removing Wax from Hardwood Floors and Wood Furniture:
To best remove wax from wood surfaces, harden the wax as quickly as possible. Hold a bag of ice cubes against the wax to freeze it. Then using an "old" plastic credit card gently scrape the wax off. Metal objects may gouge the surface. The wood may need to be buffed and polished to restore the appearance.
Removing Wax from Linoleum or Vinyl Flooring:
Making candles at home often happens in the Kitchen. The best way to prevent difficult clean up is to cover the floor with cardboard or an old carpet. If wax does spill onto the flooring, let it dry and scrape up as much as possible, using a soft piece of wood or old credit card.
Removing Wax from Tile and Grout:
As candles are often used in a bathroom, accidents can happen. If wax drips onto tile, let it cool and scrape off with a soft piece of wood, or old credit card. Rinse with clean water. Use this procedure with grout as well.
Removing Wax from Carpet and Upholstery:
Let wax cool completely. Use a dull knife to scrape as much of the wax off the piece. Place a paper towel or napkin over the remaining wax. Place a paper bag over the towel. Place a medium warm iron on top of the bag and move it back and forth. Do not leave in one place for any length of time. The wax will melt and be absorbed into the paper towel, change paper towels frequently. Do not use gasoline, lighter fluid or anything that may damage the carpet and upholstery. Always spot check cleaning products in an inconspicuous location. Finally mix a few drops of mild detergent with a cup of warm water and blot the area.
Removing Wax from Table Linens:
Let it dry completely and scrape up as much as possible using a soft piece of wood or old credit card. Place absorbent material (as above) under and on top of the wax spill after scraping. Heat gently to avoid scorching and replace the paper toweling often. A dry cleaning solvent maybe needed if the item is fragile.
Removing Wax from Candleholders:
To clean wax out of a votive cup, soak the cup in hot soapy water for 45 minutes, scrub with a cloth to remove any stubborn wax. To clean candleholders, put the holder in the freezer and easily pop the pieces off once it freezes.